Artisans in Enugu State have appealed to the Federal Government to extend the palliative including food and money to enable them cope with the lockdown over Coronavirus pandemic.
They made the call in Enugu while receiving safety materials including hand sanitizers, buckets with taps and liquid and bar soap from an Enugu based NGO, Women Aid Collective (WACOL).
The artisans comprising plumbers, masons, carpenters and other ancillary workers said they needed money and food to enable them cater for their families.
One of the artisans, Mr Madubuike Nwoga, who spoke at their base at Abakpa Nike, said they had been facing untold hardships due to the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus.
According to him, since the lockdown, we have not been allowed to work and we are finding it difficult to feed our families.
”We heard from the media that the government is sharing money to poor people in other parts of the country but we have not received anything here in Enugu.,” he lamented.
He thanked WACOL for being the first group that came to their aid and urged other groups and well meaning individuals to emulate the organization.
At the Nchantancha Nike Health Center in Enugu East Local Government, nursing and expectant mothers also urged local, state and the Federal Government to improve health centers in the state.
The women decried the deterioration of the health center noting that it lacked toilet facilities, water and other medical materials for their medical needs.
In her remarks, the founder of WACOL, Prof Joy Ezeilo said the safety measures were aimed at complimenting efforts of government towards curbing the spread of coronavirus across the country.
”We are taking this initiative because we realize that residents of Enugu State especially artisans are ignorant of COVID-19 and have continued to carry out their normal daily activities unperturbed by the global crisis,”.
Ezeilo expressed concerns that despite all efforts by various governments and Civil Society Organizations, citizens are still treating the issue of Coronavirus as a myth rather than a major health employment.
She however, appealed to the state and federal governments to provide palliative for indigent families to enable them cope with the lockdown.
The onetime UN Rapporteur on Human Trafficking urged the beneficiaries to take proactive steps and abide by all the safety tips as directed by relevant government agencies to save the country from the calamity.
WACOL distributed hand sanitizers, buckets with taps and liquid and antiseptic bar soaps to the health center, women and artisans as well as commercial bus and tricycle operators.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu
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